1990: Fr. Thierry de Roucy established an international Catholic movement of mercy, Heart`s Home, to endow the poor, the lonely, the sick, and the disadvantaged with compassion and consolation, with a particular attention to children.
2000: The Church recognized Heart`s Home as a private congregation of lay people.
2005: The Heart`s Home movement receives consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN.
2013: Heart`s Home had 35 communities in 23 countries, with 176 volunteers of 20 different nationalities.
Heart’s Home Missions
Heart`s Home proposes to young people volunteer missions that last from 14 months to 2 years in one of 23 countries on 5 continents.
The Heart’s Home Charism
Try to see the deeper meaning of life and personnal relations with people in every sphere of life - culture, evironment, studies and work, social life - bringing the gift of compassion.
To be a good Heart’s Home volunteer you must:
Preparation for Departure
To become a volunteer you don’t need to acquire any special professional qualifications or skills, but before leaving for a mission you need to devote time to training and spiritual formation. The formation is conducted by members of Heart’s Home, aimed at preparing "Friends of the Children" (as our volunteers are called) for their mission and meeting with another culture.
Formation Includes Two Stages:
1 Three meetings (weekends) between February and June; the first meeting is open to all who believe they have the desire and ability to go on a mission.
2 A 15-day formation between July and October.
There are two ways to support volunteers:
During his or her mission, the volunteer will pray for all those who support him or her, and give regular updates thoughout the course of the mission. Everyone who supports the volunteer will know about his or her life and the children and families he or she befriends.
Different Appearances, One Charism
Heart’s Home Villages:
There are Heart’s Home Villages in India and Brazil, where the homeless, street children, and disabled people find refuge and an opportunity for a decent life.
In Heart’s Home there are three groups of consecrated people: priests, nuns (Servants of God’s Presence), and consecrated laity.
St. Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity:
Lay people who wish to live the charism of compassion and comfort in everyday life.
doesn’t seek anything more than to be the smile,
the drop in the sea,
the hand which helps to live
and to love to the end,
which is next to each person to hold..."
Fr. Thierry de Roucy